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Casey Kasem, radio icon to the '80s generation, dies at 82



Hey, Casey Kasem. We'll keep our feet on the ground now that you've reached the stars. The radio icon died early Sunday in a California hospital. He was 82.

Earlier this week, Mr. Kasem had his artificial nutrition removed - a decision made by his daughter, who had been granted that power by a L.A. court. Mr. Kasem's children and his current wife had feuded for years over his care while he struggled with advancing dimentia.

Mr. Kasem was best known to the '80s generation for voicing Shaggy on the Scooby-Doo cartoon and, of course, for hosting American Top 40 and Casey's Top 40. He never said goodbye at the end of broadcasts, instead imploring listeners to "keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars."

"American Top 40 allowed me to be current without my having to force change to keep up with things," Mr. Kasem once told the New York Times. "The new songs kept us up to date, so every show sounded fresh."

When asked by the Times if Shaggy or his radio show had the bigger impact on society, Mr. Kasem replied: "They are going to be playing Shaggy and Scooby-Doo for eons and eons, and they're going to forget Casey Kasem -- unless they happen to step on his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I'll be one of those guys people say 'Who's that?' about. And someone else will say, 'He's just some guy who used to be on the radio.' ''

[Last modified: Sunday, June 15, 2014 11:34am]


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